Heading to Detroit for the Big Show? Here’s What Swifties Need to Know
If you're lucky enough to have scored tickets to the biggest show of the year congratulations! Before you make your way to Ford Field to see the one and only Taylor Swift there are a few things you need to know to make sure things go smoothly. After all, you did drop some serious coin to catch the show.
The home of the Detroit Lions will become Taylor Swift's house when the superstar brings her The Eras Tour to Detroit this weekend. Ford Field will be filled with thousands of Swifties for the two sold-out shows on Friday & Saturday night. Because it's a busy weekend in the D, you'll need to allow plenty of time to get to the venue.
First, you need to know Taylor isn't the only gig in town this weekend. The Detroit Tigers have a game at Comerica Park, right next door to Ford Field, Friday at 6:40 pm as well as Saturday afternoon. There are also concerts scheduled for Friday at The Fillmore and St. Andrews Hall as well as a musical at the Fisher Theatre. In addition, Hart Plaza will be packed on Saturday for Motor City Pride.
With all of the events happening at once in the city, plan on major backups on the popular routes of I-75, M-10 South, as well as I-96 East.
Ford Field will run you around $50 and you can expect about the same in the same vicinity. You do have the option of pre-purchasing parking at any of the Detroit lots, or opting to walk a little and grab a spot a any of the several parking options looking to cash in on the event. There is also parking at the Tigers Garage, but with it being gameday you may be out of luck.
Timing is Everything
According to Ford Field, doors will open for both shows at 4:30 pm. If you are looking to score some Taylor merch, sales will open starting at noon on both concert days. Merchandise sales will be located outside Gate B on Brush Street.
As far as the start of the show, Taylor seems to be pretty consistent when taking the stage. Last weekend at Soldier Field she took the stage just before 8 pm. Reports from other shows say she has stuck to making her entrance between 7:45-8:00.
What Can and Can't You Take Into Ford Field?
According to Ford Field, the guidelines for the venue are as follows:
- Clear Bag Policy: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″. For “The Eras Tour,” clear bags may not contain stickers, graphics, writing, or other decorations on more than one side.
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags, camera, and binocular cases, not exceeding 4.5″ x 6.5″, with or without a handle or strap, can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options
- Medically necessary items including insulin, medication, portable oxygen, small soft pack coolers, and breast pumps
- Infant items in a clear bag (bottles, formula) are allowed with a child. Diaper bags are not allowed per the Clear Bag Policy
- Umbrellas, small compact only. Must be placed securely under the seat.
- Posters & signs, the maximum size of 11″x17″, without poles or sticks. Must not block another guest’s view.
- Tablets (iPads, Kindles, etc.) Inappropriate subject matter should not be displayed and must not block another guest
- Seat cushions not exceeding 15″ x 15″ and must not contain armrests, zippers, pockets, flaps, or metal backs.
You can view the extensive prohibited list here.
Ford Field will offer a variety of concessions but is also giving fans a signature cocktail to enjoy. The "Spritz (Your Version)" is a mix of flavored vodka, soda, and a splash of lemonade garnished with rock candy will be available at all bar locations for $16.99
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